Supporting Working for Normalcy Post-Treatment: Guidance from a Qualitative Study of Older Cancer Survivors

Purpose/Objectives: To develop a better understanding of how older adult survivors of early-stage breast and prostate cancer managed the work of recovery.

Research Approach: Multiple case study design embedded in a larger randomized, controlled trial of a nurse-led patient navigation intervention.

Setting: Community-based research conducted via in-home visits and by phone with participants residing in non-metropolitan areas of a mid-Atlantic state.

“Persevering Toward Normalcy” after childbirth.

Purpose: To construct a theory of fatigue and sleep in nondepressed lower-income urban women in the 6 months after childbirth.
Design and Methods: We conducted this grounded theory study by recruiting participants from an inpatient postpartum unit in a Midwestern urban tertiary care facility. Sixteen participants, all of whom were negative for depressive symptoms, were interviewed at 1, 3, and 6 months postpartum.

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